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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Safe Democratic- 74th District

74th District

Outlook: Leans McEachin

As exciting and vibrant as the 71st District is, the 74th is the opposite of that. With one Richmond precinct, this district is based in central Henrico County. It also includes tiny Charles City County. It's majority African American, and has a very poor economy, very little retail and high crime. The biggest landmark in the 74th is the Richmond Speedway.

The 74th was represented by powerful Delegate Ball until 1995 when he was defeated in a primary by Donald McEachin. The Donald served for 6 years and when he ran for Attorney General, the seat was won by Floyd Miles. Now McEachin is back to challenge Miles in a flashy primary that will be great to watch.

Miles has been endorsed by the black caucus, Governor Warner, and is the incumbent. But endorsements don't look like they will save him. He hasn't been active in his own district and McEachin with his tacky TV commercials for his law firm keeps high name recognition.

Perhaps only one wrinkle is left to be seen here before we call this race for McEachin. I have not seen an endorsement yet from very popular Henrico County Chairman Frank Thornton. His Fairfield district is what makes up the heart of the 74th district. If he were to strongly back Miles, then we'd move this race to a tossup.

UPDATE: The Richmond Times-Dispatch has an editorial on this race this morning.

5 Comments:

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

As a Richmond native, I'm endorsing Joel Beaver for this seat.

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Is that a joke?

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McEachin SUCKS. I hope he comes back so he stays in the press and hurts the Dems. What a total loser he is.

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Yes. I guess you're not from Richmond...Joel Beiber (I spelled it wrong) also runs silly lawyer ads.

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

oh, i get the joke now. i took it too seriously and thought he was running (bad morning)

 

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